Monday, December 31, 2018

Manly Monday Reach for new Heights

Start by making a 5 ½ x 4  blue card base with Forever in Time cardstock.
Partially cover the front of the card base with a black cardstock smaller
then the card base.
Layer a smaller piece of gray cardstock on top of the black.
Die cut and emboss a square
die by Spellbinders out of blue cardstock that has a sheen.
Stamp a ledger looking stamp
(Maya Road) with blue ink (Stampin’ Up) onto white
cardstock and die cut out with a
Spellbinders rounded square die.
Die cut the arrows using Cricut Explore Air 2.
Adhere the pieces in place and add a My Mind’s Eye
Daily Dose Metal signs by Jen Wilson
(Getting Around item # Day138) on top of the other square
die cuts.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

You Brighten my Life

Start with 4 x 5 ½ white card base by Recollections and cover with patterned paper by Creative Memories. Add Stickles to some lines of the design in the center. Set a We R Memory Keepers large decorative eyelet into a felt flower and patterned flower (Prima) before adhering to the card front. On a matching Creative Memories label, stamp sentiment by Lawn Fawn with black Hero Arts ink before adhering to card front as shown.

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Snowman by the North Pole

Winter Wishes-Start with a 4 x 5 ½ white card base (Recollections) and adhere a piece of Bo Bunny polka dot patterned paper to the right side. The embossed cardstock (Doodlebug Designs) comes white and I inked it with blue distress ink with an ink blending tool (both by Ranger). Adhere that cardstock to the left side. Paint a chipboard shape with red paint (Pebbles) and when it dries rub gold Perfect Pearls over the top using your finger. Add a sentiment and snowflake dies (Echo Park) along with a rub-on (Fancy Pants) to the front before gluing the chipboard to the card front. Stamp North Pole snowman by Deep Red Stamps (Sku 3x405554) onto Strathmore watercolor cardstock with black ink (Hero Arts). Color image in with distress inks and some white iridescent paint before inking the edges with blue distress ink. Adhere image to the chipboard.

North Pole Snowman stamp set can be found at:

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Birthdays are Good for you

I made this simple card for a basket of cards I donated to a silent auction. Brown ink by Stampin Up. Flower brads by Making Memories. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas! 2 cards today

Celebrate the season card
Start by making a 4 ¼  x 5 ½ red card base with cardstock by
Recollections. Dry emboss (Cuttlebug) white cardstock and adhere to the card front
to the top and center of the card base. Die cut and emboss green cardstock
(Sunborn) using the Spellbinders die and spray with Perfect Pearls mixed with
water. Die cut two different ornaments using the Cricut Expression out of
red patterned paper and white cardstock. Color the smaller die cut with
Smooch Ink by Colorbox and adhere both on top of the green die cut. Tape
a piece of cording by Darice behind ornaments and then to the back of the embossed
cardstock. Stamp sentiment (Hero Arts)with red ink (SU) and ink edges with
Barn Door distress ink. Adhere to the card front.

Start by making a 4 ¼  x 5 ½ blue card base with cardstock by Recollections
and sprayed the front with Forest Green Glimmer Mist. Die cut a
scalloped circle (Spellbinders) out of white cardstock (Recollections)
and ink the inside with Twisted Citron distress ink after embossing and
while the paper is still in the die. Die cut the Spellbinders
Shapeabilities Pendant Lotus die out of green cardstock (Sunborn).
Spray it with Key Lime Pie Glimmer Mist. Circle punch a 1 ½  out of Kraft
cardstock (Oriental Trading Company) and a 1 ¼ out white cardstock
(Recollections). Stamp the sentiment onto the smaller circle with brown ink
(Stampin Up). Ink smaller circle with Evergreen Bough distress ink making
the edges darker than the inside. Once everything dries adhere the pieces
together and onto the card front. Stamps by Clear Dollar Stamps, LLC,
Fanciful Flakes (5516). Distress ink is made by Ranger Industries.Circle
punches from Creative Memories. Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels, LLC.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Lawn Fawn Holiday card

Happy Holidays!
  My Lawn Fawn bunny is from Critters in the Artic. sentiment bubble in the A Birdie Told me stamp set. The sentiment is in the Let's Bokeh stamp set. Red paper is unknown, green by SU and cream colored is by CM.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Deep Red Stamps No Coal in my Stocking

No Coal in my Stocking:
Start with white pre-made card base 4 x 5 ½  by Recollections and adhere to the card front
Bazzill basics paper a patterned paper called Holiday Style.
Layer a black frame by Die cuts with a View and turquoise cardstock.
On watercolor paper by Strathmore, stamp the Christmas Stocking (sku 3x504411)
by Deep Red Stamps with black Hero Arts ink. Color in the stocking with Peerless watercolors and
 water brush by Ranger Industries. Adhere the image to the turquoise cardand add sticker
sentiments by Momenta (St-1578 Christmas Party messages)
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Weaved Christmas card

Wishing you Peace card
Start by making a 3 ¼  x 6 ¼ red card base with cardstock by Recollections.
Freehand cut stripes of red and green patterned paper and weave them onto white cardstock.
Adhere the white cardstock to a shimmery green cardstock (Recollections).
Die cut a red paper with a border die by Sizzix die cut by Tim Holtz Alterations
On the Edge called Brackets #656625. Stamp the sentiment in black ink
(both by Hero Arts) on the red die cut. Adhere to the center of the white
cardstock and wrap the edges around the back of the green paper.
Stamp a snowflake under the point of the die cut with Versa Mark ink and heat emboss
with Stampendous silver sparkle embossing powder.Adhere panel to the card base. 
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas Penguin Present Card

I sent in cards to the Just Cards magazine to be published and was surprised when my package was "Return to sender". I searched online and their website is up but nothing is available to purchase. I read, accuracy is unknown, the company came in and informed it's employees that they no longer had a job because they were no longer going to be publishing magazines. Bummer. 
Small tidbit on sending in cards-When I sent my cards in I would always include a return address envelope and postage so I could get my card back. If you don't do so, your card is not returned to you. I didn't know what they did with them and hated to think my cards would be thrown away. So regardless that it was a hassle and more expense to get the cards returned I still did it. My point? They sent me every card that had previously been sent in and not yet been published. They didn't have to do that. It was very nice of them to respect my wishes to have my cards returned to me. 
Thank you Just Cards magazine and RIP.
My card descriptions were typed up to read as directions in a magazine. To save on time, I copied and pasted those instructions into my blog posts and have my fingers crossed that the formats will work well together. 

Penguin Present
Start by making a green card base 4 ¼  x 5 ¼ with Recollections cardstock
Stamp a penguin by JustRite Stamps (Christmas Joy Set)
by coloring the layers with Smooch Inks (Colorbox).
Then color in the rest of the Penguin and die cut out using a Spellbinders oval die.
Die cut a rectangle with rounded ends out of green cardstock by Coredinations.
Cut a red cardstock background 2 ¾ x 3 ½  and wrap a piece of green with
red polka dots (May Arts) to the center and around to the back.
Trim down a piece of iridescent white paper (K and i) to 4 x 5 and wrap the same
ribbon down the center.
Adhere the penguin layers to the white paper and then to green card base.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Deep Red stamps Holiday Love and Joy

I stamped the Deep Red stamps dove onto cream colored cardstock and die cut it out but inked the inside before removing the die. I colored the dove in with a white distress marker. Thanks for looking.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Dry Embossed Heart cards

This post is very similar to Heart Die Cut Christmas cards
Blah! Blah! Blah!
I'm not sure why they didn't get blogged together (?). Maybe because the top card is not a Christmas card. I'm going to use it as an anniversary card. Also maybe I didn't post them together because these two cards have the same embossing folders and the others don't have the same folders or a folder like these two. Idk but I gave you the link and you can compare them. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dragonfly Birthday card

The dragonfly stamp is from Clear Dollar Stamps. I inked the stamp with distress markers before stamping it onto the Manking Memories patterned paper. I glued it to this yellow circle that reminds me of chipboard. Card base by Stampin Up. The patterned paper in back is by Bazzill. The squares were on the desk and got shoved into their current position. I found these Jolee's die cuts that are made to be hats but this is how I used them. It works.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wish And Pray 4 Peace

This one is complex for me. Anna Griffin embossing folder, leaf die cuts by Stampendous, red die cut is a square that I cut the corners off with decorative scissors, wish is a Heidi Swapp download, & pray are alphabet stamps by Lawn Fawn, staple is by EK Success.
Thanks for looking.

I wanted to add this close up

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018

Holiday magic

I dry embossed a Creative Memories journal card and inked it with distress ink. I added multiple layers and a sticker sentiment. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Noel Christmas Card

For this card I heat embossed the background and then inked it all over with green distress ink. The image is was stamped on white card stock and colored in with colored pencils. I die cut the image out Spellbinders die cut. I matted that white with red cardstock (Recollections).
Just like that-the card is finished. I wish ;) 

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Best Wishes Card

Best wishes card with a Stampin Up flower stamp on American Crafts white cardstock. Pink ink by SU and sentiment stamp is from a Martha Stewart stamp set with black ink by Hero Arts. The pink cs behind the image is by Recollections and the corners have been punched and the white cardstock has been cut to fit inside the corners and to have equal distance for the matting of the pink under the white. Silver cardstock and the pink pre-made scalloped edges die cut both by Creative Memories. Center pp is by Bazzill. White card base is by Recollections/Michael's.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Manly Monday Deer Head card

I used the Deep Red Stamps Tree Rings stamp for the background. I stamped it with off white acrylic paint. The deer die cut is by Recollections and the Happy is by Lawn Fawn. I decided to keep it plain and not stamp  on it. The oval die was in my stash.  The yellow/orange card base is by Recollections.

Thanks for looking. Have a great Monday.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

All Things grow with love Card

I found this background in my repurposed pile. The fence bunch is from an embellishment swap and the stamp is from a TPC Company stamp set.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Flower Gold and Pink Thinking of You Card

I have another card to finish up the week of using this Basic Grey paper pad and some with the blurry square and this one does not have that. The paper is such a pretty variety of floral paper that I have enjoyed using. I'm taking a break from this paper pad and stamp set so I can go onto different stamps that I would like to use.

Thanks for looking and have a great rest of your day.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Sugared Paper Pad Cards

Using the paper by Basic Grey called Sugared. The cards have the same design with the blurry square stamp making a block around the center flower on one and leaves on another. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sugared Paper Pad Card Trio

I made these cards using the same paper pad called Sugared by Basic Grey. I also used the blurry squares stamps by Stampin Up.

This is a mini card with Bazzill pink cardstock with the patterned paper down the center. Each of the squares has an opposite color flower brad. The sentiment in grey Hero Arts in is by Forever in Time

I used the all the same product lines.

Last card, I stamped a butterfly onto the blurry square. I used the Fastenater yellow staple on the left of the card.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

All over Pink Birthday card

Frame by Cricut CM Holiday 5" Marquee 4 Shift accent frame Hero Arts background stamp with pink Umbrella ink from
White cardstock by American Crafts. Pink cardstock by Recollections
Birthday die from Wish
Bright pink background is recycled from another card. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great rest of your day.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Blurry Square Stamp with Vellum Card

I stamped the background as I try the stamp out with the different colors of ink. I was making sure the leftover ink didn't go where it wasn't supposed to. Well, then it was too pretty to throw away. I did place 3 yellow square under the vellum. The sentiment is a Cricut cut and I have it adhered to the vellum. I adhered the vellum in place with an old tool-The Fastenator-it's a big stapler.

 I'm trying to use things. I liked them at some point in my life. And now is the time to get things out and used.

Have a great day.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Manly Monday Acorn Card

I wanted to get this one out before it's considered winter. Paper in background is from the Sugared paper pad by Basic Grey. Dry embossed with Cuttlebug folder. Stripe paper by Sunborn. Rounded shape in the corners of the striped paper are corner punches that another piece of paper is weaved through them. I put the paper in backwards. Hard to explain and even harder to find an example at this hour. I'll work on that.Acorn and stamp behind it are by Stampin' Up
Thanks for looking

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Mini Cards for Anniversary

Before I start, The next few days I will be posting cards that all have the blurry square stamp. I wanted to use this stamp set in different ways and just use it while it's new to me.

Anyway, This card was easy to pull together because all the die cutting, dry embossing and stamping were done beforehand. I looked on my table and counter and found theses lovely pieces that finally found their way to come together. The golden background is recycled wall paper that I dry embossed. The blurry square is in the center with a heart die cut-glittery paper. The squares came from Wish the happy die by Lawn Fawn is stamped and die cut out with matching die.

I couldn't decide on this bottom picture on weather or not to throw it out or not.

I felt these two cards would go together because the heart paper above is the same paper on here.  The edge where you open the card has been cut with scallop shaped scissors.The center is dry embossed Tim Holtz folder that I covered with distress stickles. Looking at the pictures has made me realize that the bodies of the butterflies are incomplete. I'll need to work on that.

Thanks for coming over to see my creations. Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Big Milestone for my blog

Today is a huge milestone for me because this post is my 3000th post.
Yes, 3000 times!
I've been putting off writing this post, for a few weeks now. Why? Well...Shouldn't such a blog milestone come with a big celebration and showing old projects compared to new ones and lots of giveaways. Right? Sorry but no. Keep reading.

I just don't have time to coordinate such a big yahoo. I'm helping with the Caring Hearts Card Drive and physically putting cards into envelopes hurts my elbow, just like typing does. The surgery that I had last year has helped but if I overuse it, I have to stop and ice it.  (Cubital tunnel and carpal tunnel on my dominate arm).
It has been a great experience being a distributor for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Here are a few pictures of my basement, before and after talking to Vera. I have more to upload as time permits. I received 7700 cards. Amazing feeling to have 20 packages on the front porch and they were all for me, sort of. It would have been a great time to order something for me. Hubby never would have noticed another box that had my name on it.

When I first started blogging I did so to enter challenges and win prizes. Then it turned into I was blogging to be noticed or to be discovered for design teams. (Yaa...right. SMH)

I've been on a handful of design teams and each taught me valuable lessons. I met wonderful people with so much talent and met some not so nice people. I didn't like the stress I would put on myself to create awesome projects and then to write about them in my blog post. There was so much time involved in all of that and due to medical disabilities, time wasn't always available.

I like posting my creations here but recently I asked myself why? And the first two reasons that came to my head: 
Timeline as to when I made things.
And because of blog  labels, it's easier for me to search my blog and find graduation cards that I made then it is to search my computer.

So with all of that, I wanted to tell you that I have a bunch of cards that will be on the blog this week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dog cards

I made a few cards for either pet sympathy or just for someone that likes dogs. The stamp set is by Paper Smooches. Thanks for looking.